(Tickets to all Opera House shows are available online. You can also visit SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe (across the street from the Inn at Jim Thorpe) or just call them anytime for tickets at 570-325-4009. Tickets are also available at the Opera House box office 570-325-0249.)
We kick off December in a big way with Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams on Friday, December 2, for our first Christmas-themed show of the year! First appearing in Jim Thorpe way back in 2004, GMSCD have become big favorites here in town, with their great rock n’ roll (Tom Petty and Bob Dylan performing Pink Floyd – with the scent of incense in the air – comes to mind) and their uplifting and steadfastly positive outlook (not to mention the great coffee they sell over at the merch desk!).
On both December 3rd and 10th, Jim Thorpe playwright Joe Hiatt features his adaptation of A Christmas Carol in 11 AM and 1 PM showings to highlight Jim Thorpe’s Olde Time Christmas Celebration and benefit the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce. The Dickens classic is affectionately re-imagined by Mr. Hiatt, celebrating Scrooge and Marley along with other classic elements of this tale, and placing them in in Coal Country, USA.
Philadelphia’s bawdy and hilarious Peek-A-Boo Revue completes the weekend with some more holiday season cheer on Saturday, December 3. Entering their 15th year, they are an ensemble capable of almost anything onstage, having performed for a wide range of audiences over the years, at many high-profile events, festivals and causes.
The Friday, December 9 Four Celtic Voices show is a spellbinding journey of large ensemble numbers and solo performances. Each of the performers’ talents is individually showcased in her own spotlighted performance of songs that recall Ireland and Celtic Lands in alluring music for the entire family.
The noted Lehigh Valley guitarist Craig Thatcher assembles a host of A-list musicians from around Carbon County and the Lehigh Valley on Saturday, December 10, capping the weekend with A Rockin’ Christmas, a show that has become a popular and much-anticipated Christmas-season favorite in Jim Thorpe. Seasonal classics and surprises characterize this popular show led by Mr. Thatcher, whose various projects have developed a broad and enthusiastic following here in Carbon County, PA.
The Opera House presents a complete performance of all three sections of Handel’s oratorio, Messiah, on Saturday, December 17 by Carbon County’s Bach and Handel Chorale. Randall Douglas Perry, founder, artistic director and conductor will lead the 38-voice Jim Thorpe-based chorale, which includes four world-renowned soloists and 19-member Festival Orchestra in the performance.
We cap of a great 2011 with a lights-out performance by the Tartan Terrors, the renowned Celtic Comedy group that over the years has become a huge favorite here in Jim Thorpe. We can think of no better way to wrap up a great year! Check out some live performance!